Thursday, May 17, 2012

Instant Chemistry

Good afternoon! I have my first magnetic manicure to share with you all.

I never thought to purchase magnetic polishes, even though I thought they were gorgeous. I honestly think they're overpriced. But with my recent splurge, I decided, why not? And picked up China Glaze's Instant Chemistry.

I have a pretty yucky boo boo on my finger, hence the black blob in all my photos.

I really do like this polish, but I know it'll be a polish I will have to practice at. I purchased the magnet that goes with this line, which I assume can go with any magnetic polish, but please correct me if I am wrong. I spent a whopping $10.00 just for the stinkin magnet. Which I personally think is a rip off. China Glaze should offer the magnet for free, since you're already paying $10.00 for the polish. But I guess I won't ever have to buy another, which I suppose is good. It comes with three different designs on the little plastic magnet holder, and has little "lips" on the ends where you rest your finger to avoid actually touching the magnet with your wet polish.

I had a hard time with this polish, because no matter what I did, I touched the polish to the magnet. I had to redo a few nails. Which wasn't too huge of a problem, because the clean up and removal of this polish is CAKE!

(I also had to file down all my nails because of my broken middle finger. Boo.)

You have to use this polish really really fast. So I did it one finger at a time. Once it dries, you cannot use the magnet on it. And if you are too shaky, or shift the magnet any way, it will alter the design...I found that out the hard way.

Here's what I did:
1 coat Orly's Tough Cookie base coat
1 coat China Glaze Instant Chemistry
1 coat Seche Vite

I have seen other people do two coats of magnetic polish before actually applying the design. But I don't want to waste this $10.00 polish, so one thick coat was fine for me. I will say, this polish dries CRAZY fast. I had to work so quickly. But it was nice, because I didn't have to worry about bumping my nails, or creating ugly dents. :)

You can tell in this photo that I had a rough time with the pattern on my ring finger. But in real life, you couldn't really tell. I love love love the awesomeness of the magnetic polish. I've seen dozens of photos and videos of this type of polish, but it truly is much more amazing in person.

I will for sure be saving my pennies for more magnetic polishes. But I would like to try other brands too. What brands should I try? Are they as expensive as China Glaze? What do you think of China Glaze's magnetic polishes?

Oh! I also would like to mention that I am two readers away from 25 followers!!! WOO HOOO!!! Once I hit 25, I'm gonna give a few polishes away. Nothing too I can't afford giant giveaways. But a little thank you to all you faithful readers! :D

Until next time....


Disclosure *I was not paid for this review. I was not given the polish for this review. I paid for the polish with my own money. This is purely my own opinion, thoughts, and suggestions about this polish.*


  1. really - really pretty! i've heard of magnetic polish before but never knew what it was. i did a search on and a really good video popped up. the girl swatch a round nail disc and held the magnet from under the nail (their pretty thin so it worked nicely) and you could see exctly how it worked - soooo neat!! here's a funny question though, do your nails feel drawn to magnetic things now, like the fridg door? or does it feel heavier then other polishes? just wondering - thanks! =D

    1. Magnetic polishes are really cool!! They don't feel heavier, and they don't get drawn to anything magnetic. Once it dries, all the magnetic movement stops. It would be really funny to be drawn to the fridge every time I go to fill up my kid's juice cups! HAHA!!! I recently purchased Sally Hansen's magnetic polish. It came with a wavy magnet, and was $9.99 at my Walgreens. I swatched it, and it is BEAUTIFUL! I will be doing a post on that one soon!

    2. thanks! i saw magnetic polish today at target! i wanted to buy a bottle but it didn't have a price sticker and i was short on time to go ask someone. i'll have to head back again soon! especially now that i know i won't get stuck to all the random metal & magnetic stuff - lol!!